#1628 | Saturday, August 31st, 2002
I was on a business trip in Dover, DE
only a couple of miles from the Air Force Base. I was sitting in a diner having breakfast around 9:00am when my cell phone rang. It was the news that forever changed my life. I used to work
in the World Trade Center from 1984 to
1989. I'm a native New Yorker. Every time I saw on television the clips of the towers and how they crumbled down to the ground I would cry. It was like a scene out of a movie. It makes me so sad that all those people perished for no reason. It breaks my heart to think of all those young children you now have no mother or father. I could only think of my old co-workers and if they were all alright. I feared for my 8 year old son who was sitting in a classroom in Maryland and I couldn't get to him. It was the first time in my life that I can honestly say that I feared for the safety of our country, especially after hearing about the Pentagon. I immediately thought this could be WWIII. Since 9/11 I have developed a greater sense of pride to be an American. I only hope that people never forget and continue to be as patriotic as they have been since that day. God Bless America.
Judy | 40 | Maryland

#1629 | Saturday, August 31st, 2002
I was at school in my computer class. Ironically we had just finished watching the movie "War Games." We were supposed to be writing a summary of the movie, but I was online at a message board I frequent when I read a post saying the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane! I then tried going to news sites, but all of them, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Yahoo, were flooded, so I couldn't get in. Finally I got to the Chicago Tribune site and saw the horrifying pictures. I was very scared that they might attack other cities. It was an awful, awful day.
Matt | 17 | Illinois

#1630 | Saturday, August 31st, 2002
My day started with a 10 minute drive to work. On the way I heard on the radio of one plane crashing into the WTC. So I drove a little faster to get to the office. Getting there I went in and told the receptionist about the news report. She accused me of teaseing her. I then went to the office managers office and setup the TV so we could watch what was happening. We spent most of that day in amazement and dismay. There was nothing that could be done. Before the towers colapsed I remember thinking of all the people there and the panic they must of felt. Then it happened the first tower went down. I held my breath as I watched it on TV. And then the second one, knowing that the first tower must of knocked the supporting structure away. Again dismay and helplessness filled me. As the day progressed I watched. Getting reports of the Pentagon and the plane crash in Penn. Hearing Pres. Bush tell the nation that we would find the terrorists made me very proud that justace would be paid for their awful deed. I know that one day it will be.
Lance (Colorado)
Lance | 43 | Colorado

#1631 | Saturday, August 31st, 2002
I woke up at around 8am PST as usual, ready to go to work, by this time in New York the towers have already fallen. On my way to work, I was driving listening to music (I usually listen to sports radio.which for the rest of the day was talking about this incident). On the freeway, I saw the reader board, near Sea-tac airport, it said "Airport closed." And I was like, why is the airport closed, so i turned on sportsradio, and started to hear words of hijackings and towers collapsing, and thats where I was, when I found out about the events, I was in a shock for the next month or two after that..

Thanks for listening to my words.
Otto Rogers | 28 | Washington

#1632 | Saturday, August 31st, 2002
I was in my front room, chatting on AIM to a friend who lives in LA (I am from England), my breathe was taken away when he said turn to a news channel and I did, he, understandably, signed off abruptly.
I will never forget the horror I felt and I hope I never do because as long as we remember how that felt, we certainly shall never allow such evil to happen again.
God bless us all and God bless those now with the Lord.
Jamie Kinnair | 30 | United Kingdom

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